Putting Up Basil and Pesto


| 8/26/2014 9:18:00 AM


Tags: basil, pesto, preserving food, Douglas Stevenson, Tennessee, The Farm,

basil

Fresh basil is on of the easier  things to grow in the garden. From my experience, very few insects are attracted to eat its savory leaves due to its strong flavor. I usually dehydrate enough to fill a bag to use as a spice, but I process most of it into pesto. Fresh pesto is great in the summertime, but it can be even more delicious in the middle of winter when you are ready for something green.

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Here is a list of the ingredients:

1 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup oil
1 cup pine nuts or walnuts
2 to 3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup Parmesan  cheese - Vegan option: 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes

fresh pesto

Step 1: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Submerge the basil in the boiling water for about 30 seconds.
Another option is to steam the basil leaves, again for 30 seconds. This is called blanching, a process which kills the enzymes that can cause your food to continue to mature, losing flavor and texture, even after the food has been frozen.


blenderbender
9/5/2014 10:58:51 AM

Regarding insect damage and Basil.... I lost about 1/2 my Basil to Japanese Beetles this year. I tried several organic controls to no avail. I'm going to have to cover them next season if I continue to have JB's to the same extent.




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